As someone whose business is words I can't help but weigh up the merits of the two that underpinned the UK Referendum. 'Leave' is active, dynamic, a bright red, sexy word. One syllable. Direct. Confident. 'Remain' is somewhat limp and passive, two unbalanced syllables, a hiccup then a drone, a slightly faded, left out in the sun kind of a word. I wonder…
Posted: Fri 24th Jun 2016
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 5:15 pm
@squidmango my eyes have been opened
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 1:03 pm
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 1:01 pm
@SarahPinborough though you'll have to wait until November to hear what I think if you 'go dark'
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 10:18 am
@SarahPinborough you need to work on that rhyme. Nearly finished BHE in between edits and life. Loving it. The book, not the edits :)
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 10:16 am
@charleydog92 thank you Charley Dog. :)
Posted: 25th September 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Posted: 25th September 2016 @ 8:48 am
@karengking it's coming :)
Posted: 22nd September 2016 @ 3:27 pm
@siwelyrag interesting. Hope they hold up in reverse order.
Posted: 21st September 2016 @ 12:19 pm
Oh, now this is good. If there was a nice bath somewhere in here too I'd break in and never leave. Maybe there's a hot tub on the roof? View link
Some people like to read books in cafes, or on the tube while commuting to work. Others like to read them in the quietest place they can find, somewhere that allows them to fully immerse themselves in the words without having the magic diluted by noise. If you're one of those people then you're goin...
Posted: 26th September 2016 @ 11:38 am
3rd draft of Solomon Creed 2. Woody continues to be helpful by plopping his paw down on the trackpad and biting me whenever I dare to dangle a participle, split an infinitive or fail to use the word 'sausages' enough.
Posted: 20th September 2016 @ 10:17 am
Ok, so is this Nessie or three seals swimming in a line? Like for 'Nessie' Share for 3 seals Winner declared on Sunday. View link
Ian Bremner was looking for red deer in the Highlands when he noticed three humps emerging from the waters of Loch Ness
Posted: 16th September 2016 @ 5:08 pm
Delighted to see my friend Steve Berry 's books storming the Action Adventure chart with no less than FIVE books. If you haven't read the Cotton Malone series then now's your chance, a bunch of them have been reduced so give them a try - best 99p you'll ever spend, trust me.
Posted: 16th September 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Here's an interesting list of some of the oddest place names in America. When I was looking for a town in Arizona to set Solomon Creed I did consider the ghost town called 'Nothing' but in the end I made up 'Redemption' instead. What's the oddest named place you've been to? (extra points for photographic evidence) View link
Posted: 14th September 2016 @ 10:06 am
This is the last ever photo of my little girl. Tomorrow she turns 13 and will become a teenager and enter little lady-dom. The sun was setting on an unseasonably hot day so she decided to serenade my wife and I with Luke's theme from Star Wars. Classy. :)
Posted: 13th September 2016 @ 7:27 pm
Keep seeing this popping up and my thoughts are always - do we really need a bedroom?
Posted: 7th September 2016 @ 11:07 am
Woody the new assistant continues to be helpful. Here he is helping me proofread the new book.
Posted: 7th September 2016 @ 10:13 am
To all my North American friends - The Searcher is currently $1.99 on Kindle: I know, first Donald Trump and now THIS - the world has gone crazy. It will jump back to its usual gazillion dollars tomorrow so get it NOW and share with anyone you think might like it. Leonardo DiCaprio optioned it, so there is that. Read it before Hollywood ruins it. Go! myBook.to/TheSearcherKindle
The Searcher: A Novel (Solomon Creed) by Simon Toyne (2015-10-06)
Posted: 2nd September 2016 @ 1:02 pm
Solomon Creed made it to number 3 in Crime Action Fiction Chart! I'll settle for Bronze. :) Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who bought, recommended or read Solomon Creed this summer. The lower price promo ends tonight, along with summer. My kids went back to school today which means straight back into a new book for me. Solomon Creed 3, chapter 1, tomorrow morning. Solomon 2 is pretty much done and I'll have advance proof copies soon and will be giving some away on my mailing list (click on the pale blue 'Sign up' button above if you want to be included in that). I've also had some ideas for shorter stories related to the existing novels and wanted to ask you which one you'd most like to hear. My plan is to write it alongside the early draft of the new Solomon book and publish it as an e-book before the new novel comes out next April. I have one idea for an Arkadian story from the Sanctus books. One idea for a Mulcahy story from Solomon Creed and also an idea for a short Solomon story that links the end of book one with the one of I've just written. The power lies with you, which one would you like me to write?
Posted: 31st August 2016 @ 3:08 pm
The bookish version of glass half empty versus glass half full. Do you agree?
Posted: 25th August 2016 @ 9:39 am
Dare you enter - the deadliest garden in the world? View link
Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers. From deadly nightshade to ...
Posted: 23rd August 2016 @ 8:47 am
Baby bringing beer - best moment of my day. What's yours?
Posted: 22nd August 2016 @ 4:28 pm
This is why I write but why do you read?
Posted: 21st August 2016 @ 5:29 pm
A reader just left me a lovely private message and asked if it was worth posting reviews on Amazon. I said "yes" - the picture explains why. So if you have read and enjoyed any of my books, I would be forever grateful if you took two seconds to review them. A single line is enough. It all helps spread the word and keep me in pens.
Posted: 20th August 2016 @ 1:57 pm
A little something to lift your Friday. View link
Find out more at View link The Beach Boys' masterpiece God Only Knows remade with the help of a few friends to celebrate the launch of BBC M...
Posted: 19th August 2016 @ 7:52 am
Posted: 18th August 2016 @ 1:34 pm
I've noodled around with slo-mo this summer, filming my 4 year old jumping in the pool on my iPhone - but this short film takes it to a whole new level. Pour yourself a drink, put it on full screen and enjoy.
You'll want to watch this slow-motion cliff dive.
Posted: 17th August 2016 @ 3:06 pm
This one goes out to everyone who responded to yesterday's post. View link
This is ""Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes.mp4" by on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
Posted: 16th August 2016 @ 7:41 am
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